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August 11, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Brooke Surgener

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

This weeks track begins on the one.  Gently strummed acoustics, chorus-y sliding guitars and possibly mandolins flow in.  There is nothing not to love about the track, “I Hate You The Least” by Brooke Surgener.  Brooke makes us wait for the first chorus and it is worth it when it bellows from its cave…..both times!  Her gentle voice filling each word with meaning, leaving our brains to piece together why there was any hate there in the first place.  Where is this person from?  What have they been through?  They seem happy.  The slide guitar during the humming vocals is just gorgeous sounding to the ear.  She doubles her vocal parts with ease, they sting in the best way because of this.  The lyrics are great, “I hate you the least, it’s my highest compliment”….so good.  She leaves us hanging with the lyric about keeping a picture of them in her wallet.  A sentiment from the days of this songs influences’ which range from shoegaze to country in my opinion.  Really great arrangement and performance, highly recommend this artist, she does not disappoint.

August 11, 2022

The B-Side: Joan of Arkansas

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Some perfectly fuzzed out, rough around the edges in just the right way sunshine pop in a grungy indie rock cloak? Just what the doctor ordered. “Erase Me” by Joan of Arkansas has the energy of early Superchunk, but with its own “sludge pop” twist. It is effortlessly catchy and in a better world would be a smash radio single, or at the very least the break out song at Fest this year (we checked, they’re not on the bill, which is a bummer). Luckily for us love don’t cost a thing and neither does smashing that play again button.

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